Taking a last drink

This picture was taken just as the sun set over the boating lake at CenterParcs Elvden Forest and shows a bird in the foreground taking a drink at the waters edge. It was taken with a Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon 18-135mm set to 18mm and the exposure was manually set.   Related Posts:Pentax Z-1 Pro 35mm SLRVintage & Classic Lens IndexSamyang 12mm f/2 lens on Fuji X-T1Pentax Z-20 35mm auto-focus slr reviewOlympus OM-20 35mm slr reviewMinolta X-700 35mm SLR reviewChecking […]

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Fuji X-T1 sample macro pictures

Today I’ve been out with a Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens to see how the Fuji X-T1 performs using this Pentax K mount lens. These pictures can also be viewed full sized here. Because the lens was mounted on a Fuji X mount to Pentax K mount adapter I had to use manual focus and I used either aperture priority exposure mode, or manual mode with auto ISO. The metering was set to matrix or pattern metering in all cases. […]

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Garden Insects

Over the last few weeks it’s become a bit of a habit to go into the garden at some point in the day with my camera to see if I can get any pictures of the insects and spiders which crawl and fly around the plants. Although neither my wife Janice or I are naturally gifted gardeners, we have been steadily improving the condition of the garden and introducing more plants and flowers  in order to encourage more insects and […]

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London Zoo – 35mm slides from 1980 (part 3)

This is the third and final post in a series of pictures I took in about 1980 at London Zoo with either a Petri MF-1 camera, or an Olympus OM-20 on kodachrome 64 film. I recently re-discovered them in my late Father’s office. The other posts in this series are Part 1 and Part 2. For more information about the processing involved please refer to the other posts in the series. You can view the pictures in greater detail by […]

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London Zoo – 35mm slides from 1980 (part 2)

This is a follow up to the post of a couple of weeks ago with some more pictures taken c1980 with either a Petri MF-1 or an Olympus OM-20 camera. Having sorted through some more of my Dad’s old box of slides I found a further two sets of colour slide films which I took during a visit to London zoo. These were all duplicated with a slide duplicator rather than scanned and I think they are better as a result. […]

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Macro photographs with my Nex 6

This morning I took my customary walk around the field near our house to see what insects I could find before the Sun warmed them to the point where I wouldn’t be able to catch them. I found quite a variety of insects as I walked around – butterflies, ladybirds and flies, and I also managed to get some pictures of the red mayflies which were darting about the pond in the corner of a children’s playground in Knebworth. I’ve […]

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Garden macro pictures

I think one of the main reasons I like macro photography is because there are subjects everywhere you look. I went out this morning with my Sony Nex 6 and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens and I’d found these willing insects within a few minutes just in my garden. I took these pictures at about 8am, and that’s a good time to be out taking macro photos because the sun hasn’t fully warmed the insects up so they are still […]

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The best of Mum's Garden

We went to visit Mum and Dad this bank holiday weekend and I took a few photo’s around Mum’s garden. These are the best of the pictures which were all taken with a Sony Nex 6 using M42 mount manual lenses. Specifically the lenses I used were a 55mm f/1.8 Super Multi Coated Takumar, a 55mm f/2.0 SMC Takumar and a 135mm f/3.5 Super Multi Coated Takumar. Related Posts:Vintage & Classic Lens IndexThe reality of mirrorless photography.Soligor 200mm f/3.5 Tele […]

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I wish I had my macro lens today

We have been away for a couple of days visiting my Sister in Norwich. I assumed that since she lives in a city the last thing I would need would be my macro kit so I only took my standard ‘takumar kit‘ with me. Unfortunately it turned out I was wrong as we went for a walk into the woods by her house and discovered there is a nature park next to the woods and a whole collection of small […]

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Bluebell woods in stevenage

For many years when it gets to late April I have thought ‘I really must get to the bluebell woods in Stevenage and take some pictures’, and each year I’ve always managed to not quite make it there. Well this year was different and I finally managed to get to take some pictures of bluebells. These were all taken about a week ago, after we returned from holiday. Because my Sony Nex 6 has some dust on the sensor I […]

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Favourite Picture – Grounded Butterfly

This is a picture I took at Dunwich National Trust nature reserve whilst we were completing a ‘Pirate treasure hunt’ with Emma. We had just completed a clue and this Peacock butterfly fluttered by and sat on the ground in front of me. Fortunately I had my Vivitar series one 70 – 210mm macro zoom fitted to the Nex 6 and I was able to fire off a couple of shots before he(she?) fluttered away. Although this picture isn’t in […]

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Orange tip butterfly

I know the orange tip butterfly is not a rare or endangered species, but I’ve seen them flutter by me for the last 4 or 5 years since I’ve been interested in macro photography and I’ve never been able to get a shot of one. That’s why I was particularly pleased when I finally managed to get a half decent shot this morning of an early specimen which fluttered by me. We had been out for a walk when I […]

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Takumar 55mm f/1.8 macros

This is a short post showing the macro performance of a Takumar 55mm f/1.8 m42 lens when a 16mm extension tube is mounted behind the m42 to nex adapter. With this combination I was able to focus down to about 4 inches away from the objects shown in the pictures which I found around the house and garden. The majority of these shots were taken at F/1.8 to emphasise the shallow depth of field and I carried out my normal […]

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A blanket of buttercups

I was out again yesterday with my Nex-6 and Pentax smc 50mm f/1.7 prime lens and noticed the buttercups making a carpet of yellow under the trees next to the main route to Hertford, I thought is made a nice contrast to see the flowers slowly growing next to the busy main road so I got down low and took these shots with the cars an out of focus blur.  I had to use the back panel lcd on these […]

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Caught in the spot light

We have a lovely sunny day here in the UK and I went into the garden to see what wildlife was about. This tidy spider was hanging in his web on a tree  and the sun light was directly behind him. I rushed inside before either he moved or the sun went behind a cloud and managed to take a few pictures using my Pentax K-5 and Tamron 90mm macro lens. This one is about the best I got at […]

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